Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is seeking $15 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand their facilities at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). This comes at a time when world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and other scientists are calling for the reduction and closure of primate labs. According to OHSU's grant application, the ONPRC owns the "the largest SPF [Specific Pathogen Free] Indian rhesus macaque resource in the U.S." and these funds would be used to "support the rapid growth of NHP [Non-Human Primate] research."
This construction grant will not improve the lack of accountability, poor research quality and miserable living conditions at OHSU's primate center. Additionally, a multi-million dollar grant should not be awarded to an institution which has been unmasked as a primate hell-hole by multiple whistleblowers, industry insiders, undercover abuse exposÚs, and USDA investigations detailing critical reports and violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Please join IDA at OHSU's Main Hospital on January 21 to protest the expansion project. Signs and literature will be provided. Whether or not you can come, you can click here to send an email to Dr. Barbara Alving, Director of NCRR, who will make the final decision: http://ida.convio.net/site/R?i=SqQoa0S6EC3MulKgzh0EAg
What: Demo against OHSU expansion project
When: Thursday, January 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: In front of the main hospital at OHSU - Marquam Hill Campus, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR, 97239. Directions are available at link to www.ohsu.edu. Carpool leaves the IDA NW Office at 10:30 AM. RSVP to tcarr [at] idausa [dot] org
Why: Because the monkeys need our help!